Preparatory Meeting ahead of the 2013 UN General Assembly High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development

In the framework of preparation to the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (HLD), on the eve of the meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of Migration Agencies, IOM, CIS Ex Com and FMS of Russia organized a CIS preparatory meeting between the heads of migration services of the 10 countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) entitled “Labour Migration as a Factor of Development in the CIS”.
The meeting took place on 5th of June 2013 in FMS Centre in Vatutinki with representatives of federal executive bodies, international organizations, scientists and experts were also invited to participate in the meeting. IOM Director General, Head of IPC and DMM as well as Regional Director from Vienna participated in both events.

Regional practical seminar on economic migration regulation

On January 28 and 29, 2013 Higher School of Economics in its premises on Pokrovsky boulevard hosted the two-day regional practical seminar “Regulating Economic Migration: existing mechanisms and practices of attracting, selection and admission of foreign labour force and possibilities of coordinated management of labour migration in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”.

Third Meeting of Russia-EU Migration Dialogue

On 26 October 2012 the delegation of IOM Moscow, headed by Director Zlatko Zigic, took part in the Third Meeting of Russia-EU Migration Dialogue on "Migration and Development", held in St. Petersburg.

New publication - "Practices of using patents as work permit documents by migrant workers in Russia: research results"

Currently, migration legislation and the practice of regulating labour migration are continuing to develop. Introducing patents as a special form of work permit document for foreign nationals to allow employment in individual private households in Russia from July 1, 2010 has become one of such recent changes in this area. To some extent, this legislative innovation has become revolutionary in a sense that by the start of 2012, it allowed for the legalization of about 1 million migrant workers who were previously illegally employed as domestic workers in private individual households in Russia. The publication represents the results of the empirical study of the practice of using patents as a specific form of work permit document by migrant workers in Russia, to detect immediate results and spot the remaining problematic areas of the patent system in the Russian Federation.

“We are in Russia” - a new CARMP publication: a magazine for migrants coming to Russia for work

In June 2012 a new brochure “We are in Russia” for migrants, who came to Russia for work, was published by IOM Moscow. This publication of a handy magazine format was developed by IOM Moscow and UN Women colleagues within the framework of Central Asia Regional Migration Programme (CARMP). A thematic content of this brochure is a sequel of “Kamilla” – a magazine for women labour migrants, working in Russia.
“We are in Russia” is more tailored to men audience, but still it will be interesting to women. We repeat ourselves saying that, this magazine appeal to special male audience: labour migrants, who arrived to Russia with a purpose of work all alone or came together with their families.

Study-Trip to Italy

On 10 -13 July 2012, IOM Moscow within the project “Preventing and Counter-Acting Trafficking in Human Beings in the Russian Federation” organized a study trip of Russian interagency delegation to Rome, Italy.

Representatives of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation, Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Coordination Council of Prosecutors General of CIS member-states, Russian Advocates Guild took part in the study visit.

Training on Cultural Orientation for the staff of readmission center

On 31 May – 1 June 2012 the second training for personnel of the FMS of Russia special institutions for accommodation of persons subject to readmission was conducted.
The training was devoted to the cultural orientation and work with third-country nationals and stateless persons. The main aim of the training was theoretical and practical preparation of personnel from Rostov-on-Don Center for accommodation of persons subject for readmission and also personnel of regional authorities of the FMS in the corresponding regions of the Russian Federation to receiving and working with foreign nationals from different cultures.

International round-table conference “Enhancement of cooperation Among Competent Bodies of International Global and Regional Organizations in Combating Human Trafficking”

An international round-table conference on the “Enhancement of cooperation Among Competent Bodies of International Global and Regional Organizations in Combating Human Trafficking” was held on the 23rd and 24th of May 2012 by IOM Moscow and the Secretariat of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
This round-table brought together the heads of law enforcement bodies of the CSTO Member-States engaged in combating human trafficking; representatives of competent statutory bodies and bodies of sectoral cooperation in the Commonwealth of Independent States; the Eurasian Economic Community; relevant entities of the United Nations; the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice of the United States.

The Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed the Cooperation Agreement

A cooperation agreement between the Interparliamentary Assembly of Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed by the Chairperson of the Council of the IPA CIS, Ms. Valentina Matvienko and the Director General of the IOM, Mr. William Lacy Swing, at the Tavricheskiy Palace, has laid the grounds for closer cooperation in the area of CIS migration policy development and harmonization of CIS legislation in accordance with international laws.

Study visit on biometrics to Great Britain for migration agencies in Russia, Moldova and Ukraine

On April 17 – 21, 2012 the International Organization for Migration jointly with the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) has organized a study visit to Great Britain on biometrics and readmission for representatives of the migration agencies of the Russian Federation, Moldova and Ukraine.
The main aim of the visit was to exchange experience and to establish a business connection with state authorities of Great Britain working in the field of migration, return, readmission and biometrics. Thus, in particular meetings with the UKBA representatives and with the officers from other units of the UKBA such as National Document Fraud Unit, Asylum screening Unit and etc. were held.